Livingston Taylor with Liz Longley and Ken Yates

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Friday August 17, 2012 7:30 PM
  
$26 in advance / $35 day of concert



Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of thirteen, beginning a forty-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

From top-forty hits "I Will Be in Love with You" and "I'll Come Running," to "I Can Dream of You" and "Boatman" both recorded by his brother James, Livingston's creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres-folk, pop, gospel, jazz-and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads.

Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over eighty shows a year. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.

As a full professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989, Livingston shares his experiences and knowledge of professional touring with young artists, just beginning to hone their skills. His course, Stage Performance (I and II) is one of the most popular at the College, and it gives him the ideal forum in which to impart the lessons learned through his own career to a new generation of musicians. His book, Stage Performance, is drawn from those classes will be available this fall. Both Liz Longley and Ken Yates are former students of Liv and often perform with him.

Find more info at: www.livtaylor.com

Liz Longley

In the short time since her graduation from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Liz Longley has assembled quite an impressive resume. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has quickly built a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Liz's ever expanding fan base is not the only group to acknowledge her talent. In 2010 alone, Liz took home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country; the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Chris Austn Songwriting Contest.

While she has frequently opened shows for established artists such as Mindy Smith, Nanci Griffith, Paula Cole, Livingston Taylor, Amos Lee, Shawn Colvin, Colin Hay and America, it is becoming clear that Liz is coming into her own as a performer. The Washington Post declared that she is "destined for a bigger audience," Dig Boston called her "a rising acoustic sensation" and even John Mayer is a fan, calling her music "gorgeous, just gorgeous." Most recently, executives at Sirius XM caught wind of Liz's cover of Van Morrison's hit "Moondance" and added it into regular rotation, along with her award-winning original song, "When You've Got Trouble." They even invited her to perform live in their studios - not too shabby for a recent college grad. Liz may blush at the mention of her many accomplishments, but, if the last year is any indication, the momentum won't be slowing anytime soon. Liz is currently touring the country in support of her latest album, Hot Loose Wire, and preparing for a move to Nashville, TN where she hopes to write and record with some of the best in the business.

Find more info at: www.lizlongley.com

Ken Yates

Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music. It was there that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first CD, The Backseat EP, and receiving the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer. Mayer even posted a full page blog about Yates' ability as a writer stating, "Ken Yates wrote a song called 'I Don't Wanna Fall In Love'...; this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today". Yates' EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans. He has played numerous shows with veteran singer/songwriter and mentor, Livingston Taylor and is now in heavy rotation on Sirius XM's The Coffee House. He now lives in New York where he is working on a full length album.

"Want to hear a great song? (I mean a REALLY great song?)" - John Mayer, one forty plus

"Ken Yates' music is solid as stone and clear as mountain air...he roves the future is in very good shape" - Livingston Taylor


Find more info at: www.kenyates.com




 

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